Car Touch Up Paint ➤ Deep Key Scratch

Car Touch Up Paint ➤ Deep Key Scratch

alright so we’re going to touch up this deep key scratch in the front fender this BMW x5 here’s a before and after I just want to make a point most of the touch-up paint that you buy on the internet is very watery it’s very over reduced and it makes it very difficult to do an advanced touch-up technique like we’re going to see so the ultimate car scratch remover system touch-up paint kits comes with a high-grade urethane paint and it’s not reduced and you can see it has a much better consistency and is excellent for this type of a repair job so this panel has been polished and all the clear coat scratches and all the minor scratches have all been reduced so we’ve got really good reflectance which is really important for the final result so I call this the dab and smear basically you’re just taking a gloved finger put it in your touch-up paint and work along the scratch smearing it in you don’t want to play with it too much just one or two swipes and your kind of using your finger to kind of squeegee it into the scratch now this was taken outdoors in bright sunlight and it was about 70 degrees f you want to do this in the shade we did this for photography purposes so that would show up really well when you do the dab and smear technique and you’re smearing like this the paint dries almost instantly so we can see here we’ve gone along this is the first pass and this one area in here is the extreme deep part of the scratch you can see the scratch is still kind of showing where is the part of the scratch on the right hand side there has gotten completely filled up so it might require that we do a second pass of paint so this is the paint leveling solvent and the technique that you want to do is remove as much of the excess on either side of the scratch without actually touching the scratch just yet the more you play with the touch-up paint with the solvent the the higher the likelihood that you’re going to pull all the paint out of the scratch and then just have to redo the process so as you can see i’m i’m working on either side of the scratch and removing all of the excess touch-up paint or as much as i can just kind of getting right up to the edge there now you can see all the excess paint that’s on this microfiber chamois so I’m pulling it up and finding kind of a fresh area and there’s enough solvent that’s on this now that I can still work on either side of the edge so I’m still cleaning up excess now I’m starting to actually pull a little bit of the paint or erode the paint on the scratch itself and I’m just using a light brushing motion across it and I’m treating different parts of the scratch a little differently you know as we saw in the that one image you know the scratch has varying degrees of depth where you know it’s super deep in some areas in some areas it’s a little more shallow that’s why you don’t want to treat the entire scratch area exactly the same if you were to use the same pressure along the whole thing some of the parts of the scratch that are very shallow you might pull the paint completely out of it whereas the really deep parts the paint would still stay in so you just have to be aware of the scratch and and just kind of finesse it and and be a little more gentle on the shallow areas and you can be a little bit more aggressive of the deeper areas the great thing about this technique is you you almost can’t do it wrong if you pull all the pain out of scratch you just simply clean it up and get as much of the excess off as you can and this reapply smear the paint back on it and then try it again in fact if you have really deep scratch areas you may have to apply paint two to three times until you completely fill the scratch up now you can see here I’m actually going in and really with precision getting some areas and kind of pushing that microfiber chamois up and just getting some some places where there’s a little bit excess still there without touching too much of the scratch you can see I’ve taken this microfiber chamois and kind of rolled it into a couple rolls and I don’t have the backup card anymore and I’m just finessing the scratch and removing that excess once again i’m just getting right up to the edge of that scratch and getting the excess off without actually touching the scratch are touching it the least amount necessary so here we’ve got our before this nasty key scratch and here’s our after looks awesome now this picture is actually really close to it which is not wouldn’t even be a normal viewing distance this was like maybe 18 inches away and right at the fender well height in normal viewing distance would be you’d stamp be standing up and you probably three feet away so at this distance we have our noses in it and you can just barely pick it out but at three feet away in normal viewing distance this is totally undetectable


  • LoRollinLS says:

    What kind of solvent is the leveler? Is it like thinner or mineral spirits or anything like that?

  • hospitalbedpan1 says:

    Yea, what kind of solvent is the leveler, and how come it's not affecting the rest of the paint?

  • CarScratchRemover says:

    solvent is a trade secret. just strong enough to affect the fresh touch up paint,to erode in a controlled manner vs lacquer thinner which immediately – completely remove all of touch up paint. In general leveling solvent will not work on dried touch up paint older than about 2wks. In the case of a old touch up paint job that looks bad you would simply wipe off with lacquer thinner which will remove touch up paint no matter how long its been dried and then redo the touch up paint repair.

  • Trusten1984 says:

    -Why did some people do that. sick people. I experience the same yesterday on my car !
    Why, i did not had enemy here !

  • slickvick1855 says:


  • Sscottayboyeful says:

    Where can I find this kit I want to repair scratches that I inherited when I bought my car. I don't need to repaint all I need is a touch up kit like this.

  • CarScratchRemover says:

    super easy – click on the link in the description box below the video to get over to the website. It comes in 2 "flavors" the base kit will take care of 80% of the clear coat scratches and the base kit bundled with a custom touch up paint kit will handle all of the deep chips and scratches. I comes with some really nice bonus items to keep your car finish looking great.

  • Content Updating says:

    So if I want to remove old touch-up paint, I should go to the store and look for a lacquer thinner? Is there something more specific that you recommend? And will it affect the factory clear-coat? Thanks

  • CarScratchRemover says:

    a good quality lacquer thinner, Home Depot, Ace Hardware etc.
    sometimes it will say its for thinning epoxy paint.

    Lacquer thinner will not hurt the factory finish, body shops use it all the time for primer over spray. be gentle, apply to a cool surface, use a micro fiber or blue paper shop towel.

    Fresh touch up paint removes instantly for a couple weeks, after about 30days it can get harder to remove. If its more than 30days old you might have to do repeated applications to soften it.

  • rgman2858 says:

    The solvent is medium grade reducer it's used for thinning automotive paint. Can buy it at any place that sells automotive paint by the quart must be a specialty shop can't buy it at home depot. Pep boys sells the leveler though which is the same thing

  • rgman2858 says:

    Laquer will also work for the advanced diyer but try reducer for the amateur

  • CarScratchRemover says:

    Excellent questions. The paint in my system is unreduced urethane- meaning it has more body(thicker) than any mass produced online touch up paint or Duplicolor. It's exactly what you would use to spray – except its not thinned out with reducer. This is the "secret" of pro's that do hand touch ups. You get a permanent sealed repair without the need for clear. (which is not true 2K anyway) You can apply any way you wish prior to solvent leveling…you remove 99% of the applied paint anyway.

  • CarScratchRemover says:

    Part II of "Excellent questions" The real reason you need 2K clear (or 1K) coat in the first place is when you spray you have thinned out the paint…so your base coat (color) is a very thin layer and will not last on its own, therefore you need to seal it with a sprayed clear coat wether its a 1K or 2K.

    Doing a hand touch up with unreduced urethane automotive paint is dense and concentrated and makes a great repair all by itself.

  • CarScratchRemover says:

    Part 4 "Excellent Questions" wish YT allowed more characters in a reply.
    When you see hand applied "clear coat" in consumer touch up kits or see online consumer touch up paint vendors use it – its nothing more than clear urethane base coat however it has more "body to it" (thicker) than the base color they sell you.
    *What you need to understand is that all online consumer touch up paint vendors tend to "over reduce" (thin out) the paint,its like water. It should be sealed to be durable.

  • CarScratchRemover says:

    Clarification: "which is not a true 2K clear anyway" what I mean by this is the hand applied clear coat supplied by online consumer touch up paint vendors is not the same as your OEM finish. Its simply a clear air dry urethane not a true 2K catalysed two part clear coat.

  • CarScratchRemover says:

    Part III of "Excellent Questions" trying to put a hand applied air dry clear coat on top of the base color will soften the base color touch up if you play with it can end up just making a mess and "bump" which defeats the whole reason to level it in the first place.

  • CarScratchRemover says:

    Clarification: when you hear people taking about sprayed clear coat whether by rattle can (filled with automotive urethane) or pro spray gun

    Sprayed clear top coats:

    1K = non catalyst – air dry (its a lacquer) dries with a semi gloss and needs to be polished to bring out a nice shine.

    2K = catalyst added – drys very hard and high gloss – same as OEM finish.

    *1K in a rattle can for automotive use is not as durable in the long term when compared to 2K which can also be found in rattle cans.

  • CarScratchRemover says:

    two very different ways to level touch up paint. Wet sand OR solvent level
    Wet sanding can be very tricky with ordinary wet sand paper, you really only get one or two shots at it and then you run the risk of breaking through the clear coat…which is a much bigger problem. My system has a cutting edge accessory unlike traditional wet sand paper, Its a patented 3000 grit "sponge" its has replaceable sheets of latex "paper" its makes a super fine burnish – very easy to polish – very forgiving.

  • CarScratchRemover says:

    factory finishes are heat cured- primarily to speed manufacturing lines. The reason a clear coat is hard is the fact that its a 2K or two part system. It has a catalyst similar to 2 part epoxy or polyester resin. Heat is not mandatory for a 2K clear.
    => you have a finite amount of clear to work with (approx 4mil) leveling with a solvent is WAY safer if you don't have a lot of experience. You can level with solvent an redo as many times as you wish without worrying about making things worse.

  • CarScratchRemover says:

    yes you can use anything to apply touch up paint…even a match stick. Please do your self a favor … spend a two bucks on a nice super fine tip artist brush to do your touch ups. I supply unique micro tipped automotive touch up brushes with my system. They are "one use" and they pick up and deposit a very precision amount of paint – and can make you look like a pro, on your very first touch up.

  • Joao Gouveia says:

    Thank you very much for all your vídeos!!!…I think it would be better to paint with a very thiny pincel instead your fingers!!!….thank you once again!….cheers

  • Raven Claw says:

    my car side windows has a scratch , i think it was keyed , but i'm not really sure. How do I fix it? I hope you can make a video about it

  • 1stManOnEarth says:

    i would use a very tiny artist brush

  • Ram says:

    how much time you leave it to dry?

  • CarScratchRemover says:

    If its around 60-70F degrees the paint will dry almost instantly with this technique. You can use the leveling solvent within a few minutes. And this goes for repeat applications to fill parts that require more paint if they were deeper. It's a very fast process – much faster than wet sanding to level..which requires letting the paint dry for at least 24hrs

  • mightbegenius says:

    I wonder how this technique would do using body filler or primer inside the scratch first so its on the same level as the rest of the fender paint

  • CarScratchRemover says:

    if the scrape (or chip) is very deep you can use spot putty and level with the solvent – then just surgically "wet" the spot putty repair with touch up paint using a micro tip touch up brush (all of this is supplied in my touch up paint bundle on the website) dont have a video of this yet – its coming.

  • Night Moves Garage says:

    Dab and Smear!? What on earth! This is a terrible waste of how to properly fill a scratch.

  • nica franco says:

    where can I buy the leveling solvent .. I have the touch up paint .. I'm in Canada.

  • Ey Ey Ron says:

    is it ok to use bondo on deep scratches with your touch up paint kit?

  • CarScratchRemover says:

    the leveling solvent comes in a kit (not sold separately) We sell kits that comes with all of the components, with and without paint.

    =>The automotive urethane paint we supply is unique to the system and designed to fill chips and scrapes better and provide a better permanent repair. Dealer paint is very thin and does not work well for this technique.

    come over to the website and there are a ton of good articles explaining touch up repairs and clear coat repairs.

  • CarScratchRemover says:

    all of the products used in the video can be found at the website link is in the description of this video or this channel main page.

  • CarScratchRemover says:

    Agreed, a mind is a terrible thing to waste here on Earth 🙂

  • Richard Greene says:

    if you like this you'll love this new restoration show coming out on october 5th at 9am velocity channel its called Reality Rides. The first season they restore a '55 Buick Special. No Drama just great car build you can watch the entire process from start to finish. a truely amazing build not to be missed!

  • Gacy x says:

    I like this way of touch up. I went a step further. I dabbed the area a few times to build it up. Used leveler to clean up. After that take a 2500 grit paper and lightly go over the scratch to work in the touch up paint and fill in the scratch. Polish and wax. Looks great!

  • CarScratchRemover says:

    That is a really great advanced technique. I need to do a short video showing that – thanks for sharing!

  • CarScratchRemover says:

    You are right. It seals the area to prevent moisture from causing paint failure and rust.

  • Alex Chan says:

    great work on the video but I would never use a glove to dab the area, yes you do build up paint, it is quick but it is too messy and there is too much work after. It is much easier to use a model or super fine cotton swab to fill in the areas and later level and polish. The dab the area with the glove just creates too much surface area to clean up after.

  • Spencer says:

    i have a subaru with "subaru blue" paint. How would i match that color?

  • Shawana Washington says:

    Here's a technique I have used with great success: I take my car key and make scratches ALL OVER the car, similar to the one you're trying to fix. Then nobody will notice the original scratch. When people ask why your car has scratches all over it, you can tell them it's a new hipster paint that has scratchy swirls in it, like strawberry swirl ice cream and is the latest rage in Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

  • Jared Massouda says:

    Hey, I have a question. I had to spray paint my hood of my truck to prevent rust from forming on the hood, what is the best way to take off the spray paint?

  • thetruth says:

    Great vid i have new cratch can i send you image?

  • thetruth says:

    Question, high quality urethane paint kit where can I get this and how will I know its high quality urethane??TY

  • CarScratchRemover says:

    sure send us a photo and we will take a look at it.

  • randxvi says:

    Ok.Paint cannot be used as a "filler"or "sealer".   Whether it is urethane or laquer or what most basecoat surfaces are sprayed with.. waterborne.  A scratch like this can be "touch uped" to somewhat hide the scratch but to remove it is a whole different process that needs to be done. The paint used here can make the scratch blue but since the paint has no clearcoat on it is not sealed.  Cleatcoat seals paint on top of making it shiny. That blue paint will dull and possibly flake out of the scratch. This process is also quit futile when touching up silvers or light coloured metalics.  The only way to repair a scratch like this is to 1.clean 2.sand 4.sand 5.paint(basecoat colour) 6.clearcoat. What this video shows is a quick fix and if you are not pickiy and accept the fact that you will still see your scratch is ok.  I would use a q-tip, cut at a 45 degree angle and lay down a bead of paint with a gentle hand.  

  • Ralphie Jarquin says:

    Only original paint is resistant to solvent, if the car has been repaint it you probably going to mess the fender.

  • wowerman says:

    this technique is good only for paints with a little of metallic or no candy paintwork, this will not work well with 3 stages painwork (silver base, paint and clear coat).You will never match amount of paint and shade. When you say that you need to apply 2 or 3 coats on scratch you make paint darker on that spot.the key is to play with max 2 layers without excess of paint, small doses only.

  • Jennifer F says:

    Hey, if I use OEM touch-up paint, will the paint leveling solvent still work?

  • aconsideration1 says:

    If I get the ultimate package with the product that removes clear coat scratches how much area does it cover? Will it do my whole car?


    I still see the scratch

  • Marie S Chio says:

    Hi – Ive just applied Opticoat onto my black Treg.  But, i have a minor scratch that could not be corrected.  Will using your products (specifically the one that removes the excess paint) remove the opticoat sealant?

  • Amnesia says:

    Surely this video should have been recorded in HD or do you not want your viewers to see detail.

  • Edwin Potts says:

    im concerned about scratches that were repaired previously with junk product.(removal etc.) I have about 25-30 feet of scratches alltogether

  • Gemima Buttercup says:

    could you use WD40 to clean off the excess paint?

  • Alex Miller says:

    Where can I get paint levelling solvent?

  • infiniti37G says:

    Leveling solvent is Called tap water

  • Prabal Tamang says:

    Not certain about the points made but ,if anyone else trying to find out how do you spray paint a car try Pyzork Paint Pro Professor (just google it ) ? Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my cousin got amazing results with it.

  • Paulo Lodicora says:

    Could you use a masking tape to minimize the work? 

  • Best Moments says:

    interesting points ,if anyone else wants to discover how to properly spray paint a car try Alkarno Spray Paint Alchemist ( search on google ) ? Ive heard some extraordinary things about it and my neighbor got amazing results with it. 

  • On Smile says:

    My car is only 2 months old. 2015. And some senseless individual key my car. And suggestions which kit to get? Thanks

  • sanpt7777 says:

    Is it ok if I use paint thinner? Maybe if I dilute it in water?

  • Ramesh N Sharma says:

    I have silver color car I have small scratch spot how I can repair it.

  • JB95 says:

    So basically i apply the paint and then use the leveling solvent to give it an even finish

  • jeffryjabbora says:

    you da man and i feel it would be safe to say you invented the process any disagrees they can pound sand!!!

  • HawK Haze says:

    someone scratched on my BMW with a key but its not that deep. jealous idiots in street

  • Miao Qu says:

    hi, can you please let me know what is the special touch up paint leveling solvent that you used? thank you!

  • Rory Robinson says:

    How shit!! You don't want to see ANY of the scratch after being treated!!!!

  • W11 Granny says:

    where can I find this paint?

  • Tomer Tzur says:

    shouldnt you fill the scraych with lutty first?

  • Tomer Tzur says:


  • Joker Steam says:

    interesting points ,if anyone else trying to find out car spray painting tips and techniques try Alkarno Spray Paint Alchemist (do a google search ) ? Ive heard some extraordinary things about it and my work buddy got great results with it.

  • All in One says:

    There are several factors in getting a good result. One place I found that succeeds in merging these is the Magic Painter Method (google it if you're interested) definately the no.1 course that I've seen. look at this amazing site.

  • Pd Mahesh Sharma says:

    you should apply a brush  lacquer clear coat on top of that and cut and polish after few hrs   .

  • Zocky Ozy says:

    I've been researching into painting with a spray gun and discovered a great website at Magic Painter Method (google it if you are interested)

  • Bad Company says:

    Ok paint solvent….details? There are many kinds of strippers and solvents. I have watched many videos and nobody has explained.

  • Robert Lee says:

    What is exactly the paint leveling fluid and where do you get it?

  • B T says:

    I would have wet sanded with 1500 grit, buffed, then used the kit if needed.

  • Serious Black says:

    Where do you find the solvent?

  • ömer işman says:

    protect against scratching the door

  • Jonathan Lee says:

    Thank you

  • Cameron Hollis says:

    I've found simply applying regular (not the super thick paint) touch-up paint a little thick in the scratch (leaves a little edge around the lip of the scratch where the paint didn't sink in to tye "valley" of the scratch), let dry a little (5 minutes or so), and then apply a new layer over the previous area. Quickly wipeoff what you've just applied with a rag. This leaves just enough paint in the scratch while removing all the excss touch-up paint from the unscratched surface. The second layer softens the first layer of touch-up just enough to remove the excess paint.

    Before I start I clean the scratch with a q-tip with 50/50 mix rubbing alcohol and water. This helps to remove any wax, oil, dirt, and any other contaminates that'll keep the paint from sticking. Clean just the scratch. Not the whole area around the scratch. Use a cean q-tip to ensure it's all dry.

    This is just a very simple way to fix a scratch quickly until you can have a detailer fix it professionally. Based on the color of your vehicle, upon close inspection anyone will be able to find where a scratch was filled in. My Ram is graphite. Therefore the scratches disappear easily with my down n dirty method. My electric blue Porsche and pale green Lexus LX show the fixed scratches a little easier as the touch-up paint shows slightly darker against the clear coated paint. So please test with caution. Again this is not meant to be a professional fix. Just a quick and simple temporary fix you can do in under 6 minutes, until your preferred detail shop can sand out the scratch from the clear coat.

    The Ram was keyed all the way down through the paint. Therefore the entire side had to be repainted. We were going on a road trip with the5th wheel just after the "incident" so I went ahead and filled the gash in my way to make it less obvious during our travels. Then when we returned two months later the insurance took care of the paint work.

  • SacredSapphireGaming [SSG] says:

    Where do I order the touch up paint from?

  • Lifeizrigged says:

    you forgot to polish and wax it

  • 1171karl says:

    Maybe $49 (£36) is a bit steep. Think I'll take my chances with standard products

  • Jordan M says:

    i really just messed up! i done this with filler as the scratch was very deep.. but then i used spray paint instead of touch up paint (on guidence of halfords that it would work the same) and now the scratch has gone but im left with an obvoius patch that has been painted, as its higher than that of thr surromding area! was goig to rub tcut like crazy on it to get rid of what ive done?
    any1 know what to do ??

  • lana6335 says:

    Hi… Where can I buy the leveling solvent?

  • Nigel Jones says:

    Is there another name for the Paint Levelling Solvent? because i cannot find this item on eBay.

  • Terry Petsis says:

    Anyone know what the leveler solution is made up of? Thinking of making my own.

  • gegervary says:

    Finally one repair that makes sense. I've seen other videos with people filling the scratch with bondo and then apply a messy thin layer of touch-up paint. I would rather use your method of using paint alone, but that brings up a question… Could you premix paint with some clearcoat before applying it? The idea is that after it's done I would like to polish it and wax it for a better blend and over paint. Thanks !

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